The Leader of the House of Commons had the floor of the House bending over with laughter when he congratulated the England team’s success in reaching the final of the Euro 2020 championship.
Jacob Rees-Mogg took to the floor of the House today as part of his duty as Leader of the Commons. However, the Minister began by congratulating the England team in a rather unique way.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who rose to prominence due to his upper-class and upright character, broke this perception of himself by rapping part of the lyrics of the famous football song written by the England football team and singing group New Order prior to the World Cup in Italia 90. The song featured England players John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle, Steve McMahon and Des Walker.
However, this break in character did not last long before Jacob Rees-Mogg returned to his normality, by quoting a piece by the poet Virgil.
Mr Rees-Mogg said in the House of Commons:
“Everyone is I think is rejoicing at the football success and I think the line to take is from Mr Barnes: ‘You’ve got to hold and give. But do it at the right time. You can be slow or fast. But you must get to the line.’ And can I assure you, Mr Speaker, that ‘we ain’t no hooligans. This ain’t a football song. Three lions on my chest. I know we can’t go wrong.”
He then continued in typical Rees-Mogg style:
“Or as another John put it, John Dryden, for they can conquer who believe they can and I think for the record that Dryden was translating Virgil in those comments. But the point is exactly the same and it is indeed the excellent leadership of Mr Southgate which led to such a good triumph yesterday against Denmark, and let’s hope the same on Sunday.”
One of the more unique moments on the floor of the House…